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Bill Ragsdale teaches the occasional class on lock picking at the Magic Castle as part of their "Member Perk Nights". This has been an immensely popular class and has been often repeated. You can see photos from his class at: In this week's podcast of The Magic Word, Bill tells us about this class and where people can go on the internet and YouTube for more information and to learn lock picking on your own.

Bill is also the leading authority on the legendary John Scarne. A few years ago Bill spoke at the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History on Scarne. Following his presentation, several people asked him to put his knowledge in a book. He did...of sorts. It's not a hard back book, but rather a spiral bound book with lots of stories and references. Despite its size, it is quite thorough. During our conversation, Bill enlightened me on many aspects of Scarne's life. I was unaware of how many "streams of revenue" Scarne had including gambling consultant, creator of board games, author and performer.

I recently caught up with Bill Ragsdale while attending MagiCuba. The main reason he was in attendance was to visit some of the spots where Scarne had visited. For example, we went to the Hilton Hotel and I took a picture of Bill outside the room where Scarne always stayed while in Havana. It was right next to the room often occupied by Fidel Castro!

You can view a video of John Scarne teaching some gambling moves, see our photos, read the blog, listen online and download the MP3 file at:

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